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CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain

CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain

| 29 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain Messej Media & Publishing 1 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The Iron Bridge Band hail from the Garden State of America, New Jersey, and you can line up their influences, connecting dots from Free to The Allman Brothers to Bruce Springsteen to Bon […]

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CD REVIEW: HEART – Beautiful Broken

CD REVIEW: HEART – Beautiful Broken

| 29 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: HEART – Beautiful Broken Concord Music Group 8 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 By the time a band reaches Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee status, they’re usually in legacy protection mode – more interested in merch and touring income and releasing an endless succession of greatest hits albums, rather […]

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CD REVIEW: SERIOUS BLACK – Mirrorworld

CD REVIEW: SERIOUS BLACK – Mirrorworld

| 28 September 2016 | Reply

Label: AFM Records Release Date: September 9, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I was floored when I first heard Serious Black’s 2015 release As Daylight Breaks, and I am once again on the floor as I pass through the nine tracks on the standard release of the band’s latest offering, Mirrorworld.  “Breaking […]

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CD REVIEW: EVERGREY – The Storm Within

CD REVIEW: EVERGREY – The Storm Within

| 24 September 2016 | Reply

Label: AFM Records Release Date: September 9, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Swedish rockers Evergrey seems to hit my radar whenever they put out new material and I am glad they do.  Once again, they have released a disc with some great melodic rock that leans to the darker side.  Disc opener […]

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CD REVIEW: BUTCH WALKER – Stay Gold

CD REVIEW: BUTCH WALKER – Stay Gold

| 23 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Dangerbird Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur He’s Back!!!  From the first note to last, the latest disc from Butch Walker ranks among my favorite discs in his catalog – and I am talking SouthGang, Marvelous 3, 1969, and solo stuff.  This song is a return to fun […]

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CD REVIEW: CRUZH – Cruzh

CD REVIEW: CRUZH – Cruzh

| 22 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music SRL Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Melodic rock typically rolls through my speakers and into my ears with pleasurable results.  The debut release from Cruzh is no exception to the rule, as this 11-track disc is full of great AOR and melodic rock moments.  Disc opener “In […]

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CD REVIEW: DELAIN – Moonbathers

CD REVIEW: DELAIN – Moonbathers

| 21 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Symphonic metallers Delain are at it again and they have released one of their best to date with Moonbathers.  The disc kicks off solidly with “Hands Of Gold” which features the signature sound of Charlotte Wessels on lead vocals, killer symphonic […]

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CD REVIEW: MOSCOW NOIR – Moscow Noir

CD REVIEW: MOSCOW NOIR – Moscow Noir

| 20 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Aurealis Records / Tutone Entertainment Release Date: July 29, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur As so it begins… another new disc from a band I have yet to know about.  This EP from Canadian artist Moscow Noir kicks off with the ethereal intro track “Odisea” and it sets the pace for […]

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CD REVIEW: VINCENT and the ONEPOTTS – Best Of Enemies

CD REVIEW: VINCENT and the ONEPOTTS – Best Of Enemies

| 19 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: VINCENT and the ONEPOTTS – Best Of Enemies Independent November 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 It’s such a buzz to see so many new, exciting bands coming out with material which simply refuses to be pigeon-holed, which will never sell a million copies or fund them an international tour, but […]

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CD REVIEW: PETER GARRETT – A Version Of Now

CD REVIEW: PETER GARRETT – A Version Of Now

| 19 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: PETER GARRETT – A Version Of Now Sony July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Peter Garrett was never made for politics. A passionate idealist, how he kept sane whilst his environmental policies and integrity were constantly sold out in the name of party politics, is anyone’s guess. Ironically, after resigning […]

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CD REVIEW: BRAD WILSON – Power Blues Guitar Live

CD REVIEW: BRAD WILSON – Power Blues Guitar Live

| 19 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BRAD WILSON – Power Blues Guitar Live Cali Bee Music March 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 A superb and sophisticated blues guitarist and singer, my only criticism of Brad Wilson’s otherwise excellent 2015 album Blues Thunder, was the lack of raw fire to the recordings. Power Blues Guitar Live shows […]

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CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are

CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are

| 16 September 2016 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are Caroline/429 Records 16 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 It’s hard to know where to start with Meat Loaf’s thirteenth studio album Braver Than We Are. Some will inevitably compare it (unfavourably) to 1977’s Bat Out Of Hell – still the high water mark for […]

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CD REVIEW: MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War

CD REVIEW: MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War

| 14 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Rat Pak Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Michael Sweet’s voice is instantly recognizable, regardless of the material he sings… Stryper, Boston, or solo stuff.  His voice has graced eleven new tracks on his latest release One Sided War from Rat Pak Records, with a bonus track […]

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CD REVIEW: THE KILLING FLOOR – Tongue Tied

CD REVIEW: THE KILLING FLOOR – Tongue Tied

| 10 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Outright Rock Records Release Date: August 19, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur You just never know what you get when someone hands you a disc and tells you they are in a band and would appreciate a review.  In the case of the EP from The Killing Floor, I got a […]

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CD REVIEW: STEVE PORCARO – Someday / Somehow

CD REVIEW: STEVE PORCARO – Someday / Somehow

| 3 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Porcara Musica Release Date: June 10, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It’s always strange to hear a solo CD from an artist that is so aligned with a certain band and sound.  To know that some of the tracks on the disc are more than 30 years old makes this disc even […]

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CD REVIEW: ONE LESS REASON – The Memories Uninvited

CD REVIEW: ONE LESS REASON – The Memories Uninvited

| 27 August 2016 | Reply

Label: Tattooed Millionaire Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I remember reviewing the last release from this band and thinking they may be on to something.  Then they disappeared and took a few years to pull together new material and ready it for public consumption.  That wait has culminated in […]

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CD / DVD REVIEW: KISS – Kiss Rocks Vegas

CD / DVD REVIEW: KISS – Kiss Rocks Vegas

| 24 August 2016 | Reply

Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Anyone who knows me may think I am a bit prejudiced when reviewing anything KISS, but how can you not be?  I mean, they are after all the ‘Hottest Band In The World.’  Watching and listening to this live […]

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CD REVIEW: DYLAN WICKENS & the GRAND NATURALS – Hi Lo-Fi

CD REVIEW: DYLAN WICKENS & the GRAND NATURALS – Hi Lo-Fi

| 19 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DYLAN WICKENS & the GRAND NATURALS – Hi Lo-Fi Independent 6 May, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Dylan Wickens and his Grand Naturals have rhythm and soul, man, and bring both to this schmoovely groovy little gem of a record. Most of all though, they’ve got the blues pulsating through […]

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CD REVIEW: THE HELLFREAKS – Astoria

CD REVIEW: THE HELLFREAKS – Astoria

| 19 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE HELLFREAKS – Astoria Wolverine Records February 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 OOF!!!! That’s the punch in the guts of the Hellfreaks’ third album, Astoria. Combining Bánhegyi Tamás’ Dead Kennedys agit-punk buzzsaw guitar and the I’m-Mad-As-Hell-and-I’m-Not-Gonna-Take-It-Any-More vocals of Shakey Sue, opener Burn The Horizon sets the tone for an album […]

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CD REVIEW: STONEFIELD – As Above, So Below

CD REVIEW: STONEFIELD – As Above, So Below

| 19 August 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STONEFIELD – As Above, So Below Wunderkind/Mushroom 15 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 In the beginning there were four sisters – Amy, Hannah, Sarah and Holly Findlay. They lived on a farm in rural Victoria and to entertain themselves they all mucked around on musical instruments and raided their parents’ record […]

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